As far as I have been able to determine, the new Key West Citizen online format is limited to local news and opinions.
If so, does this mean what goes on beyond Key West and the Florida Keys
the comics ... the daily horoscope ... the bridge column ... national sports ... syndicated editorials, opinion columns and news articles ...
are just too awful, or too unimportant, to view online?
An island unto itself?
Text message last night from my hoodoo spellcasting witch amiga on the mainland:
I didn’t forget that I agreed to write up for you my experience just before 9/11. By the time we got home though I was not feeling at all well. Thought if I would rest a bit I’d then be able to do it. But I can’t tonight. Will do it when I’m back to something resembling normal. Really bad sick headache and I don’t tend to have headaches.
[She had told me on the telephone earlier yesterday that she was really antsy for 2-3 days before 9/11, then she woke up on 9/11 and antsy was gone. Then, she heard the news. I reminded her that three nights before 9/11, I was asked in my sleep, “Will you make a prayer for a Divine Intervention for all of humanity?” I woke up, made the prayer. I knew something was coming down, but not what. On 9/11, I knew.]
I text’d back on my beast flip phone:
Me ail too all bad energy
Amiga text’d back:
Nite! Take care.
[Just before I woke up in the Key West police station front lobby this morning around 5 a.m., I heard, “Iraq.” I knew I would write about Iraq today.]
I text’d Amiga:
Yesterday afternoon, I started reading THE PRISONER, a new Alex Berenson novel, released this year, 2017. I can't imagine how someone this young knows so much, or how he gets his information. By human means, which appears to be his method.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Berenson- In February 2008, The Faithful Spy rose to #1 on the New York Times paperback bestseller list. The same month, Berenson released his second thriller, The Ghost War. His third novel, The Silent Man, followed in February 2009.
THE PRISONER is about a CIA way high up, who grew fed up with America’s war policy and the CIA’s role and he started feeding critical and sensitive information to ISIS. The recurring hero in Berenson’s novels is John Wells, a black ops CIA contractor who takes no prisoners. Early in his “career”, fluent in Arabic, Wells was sent to Afghanistan to infiltrate the Taliban. They accepted him. He became one of their most feared freedom fighters/squad leaders. All the while he was in deep cover working for the CIA/US President. He converted to Islam. For real. Now, in the novel I’m just starting, Wells is lured out of retirement and tasked to find what is now known to be a mole in the CIA, who believes America At War, Inc. is as bad as ISIS.
Starting on page 70 of THE PRISONER - in my sprit code, 7 is the mark of God on a person or event:
He looked in the mirror. The traitor looked back.
He’d say it. Why not? What exactly was he betraying? A country whose people could not have misunderstood themselves more. They imagined they were hardy., God-fearing pioneers. In truth, they excused every poisonous choice by bleating about the nobility of their motives. They pretended to want peach but went to war more than any other nation.
In the last fifty years, how many countries that the United States attacked? The man who called himself Wayne could hardly remember them all: Vietnam, Cambodia, Panama, Servia, Afghanistan, Iraq … That didn’t count the meddling in Latin America … The drones that killed at random over Pakistan … The idiocy of the endless war on drugs that had made Mexico a graveyard …
The United States spread pain all over the world and expected love in return.
The place he worked lay at the center of the madness. The bull’s-eye, the beating heart. The secret chamber in the center of the pyramid where the priests claimed they found the answer to every mystery. No one noticed that they always offered the same solution. Buy off anyone who was for sale. Kill the rest. Do it all on no-bid contracts, the better to fleece the taxpayer sheep. God bless America.
Once he might have gone to The Washington Post or The New York Times, told them the truth. How the agency wasted billions. How it held it held innocent detainees in Guantanamo because the White House was too embarrassed to free them. How its drone pilots didn’t even pretend to know their targets. But going public would make no difference. Even if he sent the raw files to Wikileaks or The Intercept so the world could see for itself, nothing would happen. The agency never held itself accountable. Congress and the White House feared it too much to try. Even the idiot psychologists who’d crafted the torture program after September 11 remained untouched. Forget criminal charges. They hadn’t had to pay back a penny of the eighty million dollars – yes, eighty million dollars – they’d received.
Besides, the White House and Justice Department treated whistle-blowers like traitors these days. If they caught him leaking, he’d spend his life in jail. Why not go all the way?
HIS NAME wasn’t Wayne, of course. He called himself that in homage to a man whose legend came from a lifetime of two-hour lies. A man who pretended to be a soldier but had claimed a sounder injury to duck out of World War II. A man who at the height of Vietnam made a movie defending that war. The Green Berets. The film famously ended with a scene of Wayne walking hand in hand on a beach with an orphaned Vietnamese boy – as the sun set in the east.
John Wayne, the ultimate American hero.
The traitor was almost embarrassed when he remembered his enthusiasm after September 11. He’d volunteered to be in the first wave of officers going to Afghanistan. Even then he’d had some idea of the sorry history of Americans abroad. His father’s brother had died in Vietnam, an ambush near Da Nang, three months into his tour.
But this time was different. This time they attacked us. They needed to pay.
Then comes what had turned him sour, and then into a traitor, in his view. It started in Iraq. He does not see himself as a patriot, who, I suppose, would have gone to the New York Times or The Washington Post and then be arrested and tried for treason?
Perhaps Alex Berenson, Julian Assange (Wikileaks) and fired FBI Director James Comey should move to Russia? I saw online yesterday real or fake news that Vladimir Putin is ready to give Edward Snowden asylum. I published way back when, that Obama should have pardoned Snowden on condition that Snowden advise Obama, for pay, what was really going on in the various American intelligence services.
Meanwhile, a big warm fuzzy Donald Trump bear hug came into my Facebook timeline yesterday afternoon:
It had not occurred to me to compare our president to a black bear, but it seems obvious after reading about the latest bear encounter in our area. It seems Mr. Bear managed to open the door of a parked SUV in a residential neighborhood after smelling grapes that had been left in the car. As luck would have it, the door slammed shut with the bear inside. The owners of the car didn't return for a day or so. Then neighbors reported hearing intermittent horns blowing and called authorities. Sheriff's deputies opened the door and let him out, but found more than $14,000 worth of damage to the interior. Mr. Bear was obviously in a panic, clawing up the upholstery, the doors, the dashboard, the seats - everything he could reach. That's exactly the picture I have of President Trump as he wildly tweets random accusations and thoughts. Seems to me the bear had more sense.